Motor Sport (magazine)

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Motor Sport
Motor Sport logo.png
Editor-in-Chief Nigel Roebuck
Categories Auto racing
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Motor Sport
First issue 1924
Company Motor Sport Ltd
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website Official website

Motor Sport was founded in the UK in 1924[1] as the Brooklands Gazette, the first edition appearing in July of that year.[2] In August 1925 the title was changed to the all-encompassing "Motor Sport"[3] (not "Motorsport" as many erroneously write the title). For most of its history (1936–91), the editor of the magazine was Bill Boddy.[4] Boddy, who had penned much of the history of British race track Brooklands, employed the services of Denis Jenkinson as a Continental Correspondent. Jenkinson, or 'Jenks' as he was known, travelled to all the Grands Prix to cover them for the magazine. His race reports were the only way for some Brits to keep up with Grand Prix racing due to the lack of coverage elsewhere. Jenks and Stirling Moss scored the magazine's greatest racing triumph when they partnered for the 1955 Mille Miglia race. The duo won thanks to Moss' supreme talent behind the wheel and Jenks' meticulous notes, which he had transferred onto a roller so that he could read them while going flat out.

The magazine was owned and published by Wesley J Tee during much of this period, but in 1997 the magazine, along with the LAT Photographic archive, was bought by Haymarket publishing.

The monthly magazine underwent a revamp in March that year.[5] It changed its emphasis to articles about motorsport history and the historic racing scene. In 2006 Haymarket sold the magazine to Chelsea Magazines where it remained for three years before being bought privately. In 2006 it started covering modern motorsport again, including Formula 1 and today it continues to do the same with the help of Nigel Roebuck and Mark Hughes. It remains one of the leading titles on both modern and historic racing.[1]

Many well known names in the world of motorsport make special contributions, amongst them: Patrick Head, Alan Henry and Doug Nye.

The magazine's website also records monthly podcasts with the likes of Christian Horner, Mario Andretti, Patrick Head, Frank Williams, John McGuinness and Gordon Murray. Lucas di Grassi, Dario Franchitti, Sebastien Buemi and 2013 BTCC Champion Andrew Jordan also write for the website on a monthly basis alongside staff writers Nigel Roebuck, Mark Hughes, Simon Arron, Ed Foster, Damien Smith, Paul Fearnley, Gordon Kirby, Andrew Frankel, Rob Widdows and Mat Oxley.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Racing Magazines []",, 2009, webpage: mag-agent.
  2. ^ Motor Sport, August 1949, Page 297.
  3. ^ Motor Sport, August 1925.
  4. ^ Buckley, Martin (21 August 2011). "Bill Boddy obituary". The Guardian (London). 
  5. ^ "The history of Motorsport". Motorsport Magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
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